Who We Are

Working for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Portland District offers a unique opportunity to join an organization with one of the nation's most comprehensive and diversified civil works programs!

Covering a vast region in Oregon and southwestern Washington, the District operates locks and dams, manages flood risk with dams in the Willamette Valley, maintains navigable coastal rivers, and excels in hydropower generation. Notably, the District prioritizes environmental protection, restoration, fish and wildlife enhancement, and recreation, making it an attractive choice for those seeking impactful and multifaceted roles in civil engineering and environmental stewardship.

Internship Programs

The Northwestern Division hosts the Hydropower Internship Program that recruits, hires and trains maintenance engineers to staff the technical sections at the multipurpose hydroelectric power plants in the Pacific Region of NWD in the Federal Columbia River Power System.

Learn more about other USACE Internship programs

We're looking for interns for the summer of 2024 - find a position on this portal!

Direct Hire Authority

The U.S. Army Corp of Engineers may consider applicants for in-demand career field vacancies at any time under this special hiring authority.  Anyone wishing to be considered should submit a resume, transcripts (official or unofficial) and (optional) statement of interest to here.  Resume must include detailed experience.  Failure to provide a transcript will result in non-consideration. Scan the QR code to submit a resume. 

Jobs Series/Career Fields

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 0025 Park Ranger

As the nation’s largest Federal provider of outdoor and water-based recreation, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ more than 420 lake and river projects in 43 states provide more than 7,700 miles of land and water trail systems. Park rangers protect the nation’s natural recreation facilities and its visitors. Park Rangers provide support for the preservation of these natural resources by managing recreational grounds and educating visitors through environmental outreach programs. Park Ranger employees ensure the safety and enjoyment of USACE recreation facilities for visitors of all ages and help local students and citizens learn about the natural and man-made resources they manage.

 0401 Biologist

Biologists conduct surveys, studies, and assessments of various natural habitats and water resources. They ensure programs and environmental activities are in compliance with laws and regulatory programs, such as the Clean Water Act, the Rivers and Harbors Act, Marine Protection, Research and Sanctuaries Act, etc. USACE Biologists throughout the United States conduct activities to preserve wildlife and aquatic habitats, monitor nuisance vegetation and invasive species, and act as environmental consultants.

 0401 Natural Resource Specialist

The U.S. Corps of Engineers is the nation’s largest provider of outdoor and water-based recreation and with more than 456 parks in 43 states. Natural Resources Specialists develop and oversee activities designed to manage, conserve, protect and restore the nation’s land, water and wildlife resources. Natural Resources Specialists manage environmental programs and projects consistent with ecosystem management principles. Programs include management of fisheries, wildlife habitats, forestry, shoreline plans, reservoirs, and ensuring compliance and stewardship with environmental laws and regulations. 

 0408 Fish Biology

This series covers positions that involve primarily advisory, research, analytical, or other professional work in the science of ecology. Ecology utilizes a systems approach to study the interrelationships of organisms with each other, with their physical and chemical environment, and with society. Such relationships are considered primarily at the levels of individuals, populations, communities, and ecosystems. Ecologists analyze biological components and processes in the context of ecosystems including environmental factors, physical-chemical relationships, and social relationships. They use quantitative and systems analysis techniques to predict effects of planned or natural changes in ecosystems and to develop understanding of and solutions to ecological problems.

 0482 Fishery Biologist

This series covers positions that require professional knowledge and competence in the science of fishery biology to perform work: (1) developing, conserving, managing, and administering fishery resources; and (2) evaluating the impact of construction projects and other socioeconomic activities that present potential or actual adverse effects on fishery resources and their habitat. The work also requires an ability to determine, establish, and apply biological facts, principles, methods, techniques, and procedures that are necessary for the production and/or management of aquatic resources in their natural habitat and/or within facilities and systems that have been constructed for their benefit and public use.

 0486 Wildlife Biology

This series covers positions that require professional knowledge and competence in the science of wildlife biology to perform work involving: (1) the conservation, propagation, management, protection, and administration of wildlife species; or (2) the determination, establishment, and application of biological facts, principles, methods, techniques, and procedures necessary for the conservation and management of wildlife resources and habitats. The work requires professional knowledge of the distribution, habits, life histories, and classification of birds, mammals, and other forms of wildlife.

 0802 Engineering Technician

Engineering technicians provide technical assistance and support for USACE civil, military, and environmental projects.   Engineering technicians review project plans and specifications, forecast resource requirements, provide technical advice to inspectors, and gather pertinent technical data towards the completion of projects.

 0808 Architect

As the oldest and largest construction agency, The U.S. Corps of Engineers has designed and developed key historical structures throughout the United States.  Major developments by USACE include the Washington Monument, The Lincoln and Jefferson Memorial, headquarters of The American Red Cross, the Pentagon, and many other building projects.  Architects oversee the design, development and review of drawings, manuals, and specifications for various worldwide facilities.  Architectural projects include housing facilities, dining facilities, child development centers, hospitals, safety and protection criteria, and historical preservation. 

 0809 Construction Control Tech./Rep.

Construction control technicians inspect and monitor construction operations for compliance of contracts, scheduling, and quality assurance. These positions primarily review plans, materials and workmanship to ensure operations are executed in accordance with project specifications. Construction control technicians work in an inspector and representative capacity.

 0810 Civil Engineer

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is one of the world’s premier public engineering, design, and construction management agencies.  Civil engineers plan, design, construct, and maintain the nation’s water resources, Army installations, and numerous other Federal and local projects.  USACE civil engineering projects include the design and development of major highways, airfields, hospitals, laboratories, dams, levees, powerhouses, embankments, and various military installation facilities. 

 0817 Survey Technician

Survey technicians perform surveys on the layout and inspection of operations for civil building projects, natural disasters, and hydrographic and land based projects. Survey technicians collect field data to prepare navigational charts and sketch maps. Survey data collected is instrumental in the design and construction of major highways, waterways, facilities, and economical structures.

 0819 Environmental Engineer

As the nation’s environmental engineers, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers manages one of the largest federal environmental missions: restoring degraded ecosystems, constructing sustainable facilities, regulating waterways, managing natural resources, and cleaning up contaminated sites from past military activities.  Environmental engineers conduct assessments of existing facilities and infrastructure, environment habitats, resources and natural water systems to develop ways of mitigating degradation to the environment.

 0830 Mechanical Engineer

Mechanical engineers design and construct mechanical systems utilized for major industrial, environmental, and architectural structures.  They restore the environment, repair and construct new machinery, pumping, piping, hydraulic systems, gas lines, heating, ventilation, and water treatment facilities.  USACE mechanical engineers also find new energy solutions for the future.

 0850 Electrical Engineer

Electrical engineers design complex power systems utilized in major structures such as dams, signal circuits, electrical power installations, and power grids and systems.  They also design electrical systems for office building, dining facilities, maintenance shops, and hospitals. Electrical engineers seek out innovative electrical solutions for generations in the Army and the Nation.

 1102 Contracting Specialist

Contract specialists play an integral role in the formulation, acquisition, and execution of high value contracts for U.S. Army Corps of Engineers projects. Contract specialists serve as decision makers responsible for the proposal, negotiation, and awarding of contracts with government partners.

 1170 Realty Specialist

Realty specialists acquire, manage, and dispose of property relating to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and other Federal entities. Realty specialists oversee and perform global property negotiations with landowners to acquire and upgrade facilities; advise on cost and asset information for projects; and ensure transactions are executed in accordance with real estate policies and procedures. USACE realty programs include the Joint Facilities Recruiting Program, the Homeowners Assistance Program, BRAC acquisitions and disposal, and the Defense National Relocation Program.

 2210 Information Technology/Management

This series covers positions that manage, supervise, lead, administer, develop, deliver, and support information technology (IT) systems and services throughout USACE. The Information Technology Management Mission is comprised of a wide range of duties to include threat reduction, vulnerability reduction, deterrence, international engagement, incident response, resiliency, and recovery activities, including computer network operations, information assurance, diplomacy, military, and intelligence missions as they relate to securing the global information and communication infrastructure. 

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 2210 Information Technology/Management

This series covers positions that manage, supervise, lead, administer, develop, deliver, and support information technology (IT) systems and services throughout USACE. The Information Technology Management Mission is comprised of a wide range of duties to include threat reduction, vulnerability reduction, deterrence, international engagement, incident response, resiliency, and recovery activities, including computer network operations, information assurance, diplomacy, military, and intelligence missions as they relate to securing the global information and communication infrastructure. 

 2601- General Electronic Equipment Installation and Maintenance

Installation, repair, overhaul, fabrication, tuning, alignment, modification, calibration, and testing of electronic equipment and related devices such as radio, radar, loran, sonar, television, and other communications equipment; industrial controls; fire control, flight/landing control, bombing-navigation, and other integrated systems; and electronic computer systems and equipment.

 2604  Electronics Mechanic

Fabricating, overhauling, modifying, installing, troubleshooting, repairing, and maintaining ground, airborne, and marine electronic equipment, such as: radio; radar; sonar; cryptographic; satellite; microwave; micro computers and peripherals; laser; infrared; industrial x-ray; marine, aeronautical, and space navigation aid; TV receiver; surveillance; and similar devices.  The work requires knowledge of electronic principles; the ability to recognize improper operation, locate the cause, and determine the best method to correct the defect; and the skill to disassemble, assemble, and adjust electronic equipment. The work includes using both manual and automated test equipment. The work may require the use of a personal computer and numerous software packages to program or realign various components or systems, download information, and detect equipment deficiencies.

 2606 Electronic Industrial Controls Mechanic

Installation, maintenance, troubleshooting, repair, and calibration of electronic controls and indicating and recording systems used on industrial machinery or engines, in automated materials storage and handling systems, in aircraft engine and similar test facilities, or in energy monitoring and control systems.  This work requires knowledge of the practical application of electronics theories and circuits that are applicable to power, timing, motion control, indicating devices, and pulse and counting mechanisms, including special purpose digital computers (microprocessors) dedicated to control functions, as well as a knowledge of industrial equipment operation and processes.

 2610 Electronic Integrated Systems Mechanic

Rebuilding, overhauling, installing, troubleshooting, repairing, modifying, calibrating, aligning, and maintaining integrated electronic systems, i.e., where the output of a number of sensor subsystems is integrated in a logic subsystem and the resultant used to modify the operation of the total system.  Examples are fire control, flight/landing control, automatic test equipment, flight simulators, bombing navigation, and electronic warfare or multiple integrated electronic systems composed of several of these systems which are closely interrelated and interdependent.  This work requires knowledge of electronics principles involved in a number of applications such as radar, data processing, and data display and usually mechanical and hydraulic knowledges involved in operation of equipment such as control valves, gyros, turrets and mounts, and mechanical computing devices.

 2805 Electrician Installation

Maintenance, troubleshooting, and repair of electrical wiring systems, fixtures, controls, and equipment in industrial, institutional, office, and residential buildings, and on ships.  These jobs require knowledge and application of electrical principles, materials, and safety standards.

 2810 High Voltage Electrician

Installing, testing, repairing, and maintaining high voltage electric power-controlling equipment and/or distribution lines. The work requires knowledge of electrical principles, procedures, materials, and safety standards governing electrical systems above 600 volts.  In addition, the work requires general mechanical skills and knowledge, and in some cases may require knowledge of electronic principles as they pertain to electronic control circuitry.  In some situations, the work includes testing, repairing, and maintaining electric-generating equipment in co-generation facilities.

 3414 Machining

Manufacture of parts and items of equipment from castings, forgings, and other raw stocks made of various metals, metal alloys, and other materials, and/or machining operations required in the repair of such items.  The work requires the use of various types of conventional and/or computer numerical control (CNC) machine tools and their attachments to perform machining operations in the repair and/or manufacture of parts from raw stock.  The work performed by machine tool operators requires basic knowledge of machining processes and skill in performing machining operations such as boring, drilling, planning, milling, and turning on milling machines, radial, or multiple spindle drill presses, shapers, planers, lathes, or equivalent types of conventional and/or CNC machine tools.  The work performed by machinists requires skill in the initial planning of necessary work sequences, laying out reference points and lines to be followed in the machining processes, planning for and setting up the work in the machine, sometimes programming the cutter path, selecting and shaping metal cutting tools and inserts, operating all types of machine tools , and performing precision handwork to fit, finish, and assemble machined parts and equipment.  The work also requires knowledge of the makeup of blueprints and drawings and the skill necessary to interpret them; and skill in working from other types of specifications such as sketches, models of parts to be manufactured, or work orders.

 3501 General Services & Support Work

These occupations usually involve work such as moving and handling materials (e.g., loading, unloading, digging, hauling, hoisting, carrying, wrapping, mixing, pouring, spreading); washing and cleaning laboratory apparatus, cars, and trucks, etc; cleaning and maintaining living quarters, hospital rooms and ward, office buildings, grounds, and other areas; and doing other general maintenance work by hand or using common hand tools and power equipment.  They may involve heavy or light physical work and various skill levels.  Skills are generally learned through job experience and instruction from supervisors or, in some instances, formal training programs lasting a few days or weeks or longer.

 3502 Laboring

Primarily requires physical effort and ability to perform laboring duties that involve little or no specialized skill or prior work experience.  The work typically involves duties such as loading and unloading trucks; moving office furniture, equipment, and supplies by hand or with various moving devices (e.g., dollies and/or hand trucks); mowing lawns and trimming shrubs; washing vehicles; and clearing and digging ditches.  These duties are commonly found in a variety of work situations such as roads and grounds maintenance, industrial operations, warehouses, office buildings, printing facilities, supply centers, and production areas.

 3703 Welding

The work requires knowledge of electric, gas, and other welding processes such as electron beam welding, and the skill to apply these processes in manufacturing, repairing, modifying, rebuilding, and assembling various types of metal and alloy parts, equipment, systems, and structures such as buildings, aircraft, and ships.

 4102 Painting

Applying coating materials (for example, paint, varnish, lacquer, shellac, epoxy resin, and Teflon) on wood, metal, glass, synthetic, concrete, and other surfaces.  This coating work is done with brushes, rollers, spray guns, and other related methods and techniques, and is performed on the insides and outsides of buildings, aircraft, vessels, mobile equipment, fittings, furnishings, machinery, and other surfaces.

 4204 Pipefitting

Installation, maintenance, and repair of high temperature water and high-pressure piping systems such as hydraulic, nitrogen, oxygen, steam heating, and steam-generating systems.

 4607 Carpentry

Constructing, altering, maintaining, and repairing buildings, structures, partitions, panels, tool cabinets, bookcases, work benches, and other items using wood, wood substitutes, and composite building materials.  The work requires knowledge of construction and repair techniques; the type, grade, and working characteristics of wood and wood substitute materials such as strengths and applications, and skill and accuracy in the operation of hand and power tools and equipment. 

 4701 General Maintenance & Operations Work

This job family includes occupations:  (1) that consist of various combinations of work that are involved in constructing, maintaining, and repairing buildings, roads, grounds, and related facilities; manufacturing, modifying, and repairing items or apparatus made from a variety of materials or types of components; or repairing and operating equipment or utilities; and (2) require the application of a variety of trade practices associated with occupations in more than one job family (unless otherwise indicated), and the performance of the highest level of work in at least two of the trades involved.

 4737 General Equipment Mechanic

This occupation includes jobs involved in installing, maintaining, and repairing two or more different kinds of machinery or equipment (optical instruments, electronic controls, industrial machinery, electrical equipment, hydraulic systems, electromechanical devices, heavy mobile or automotive equipment, artillery systems and components, communications equipment, etc.).  The work requires the use of a variety of trade practices associated with occupations in more than one job group and the performance of the highest level of work in at least two of the trades involved.

 4742 Utility Systems Repairing

Operating -repairing and operating one or more utility systems (air conditioning, heating, water, wastewater, etc.).  Such work requires the ability to start, stop, and regulate the utility or utilities for optimum efficiency and troubleshoot, maintain, and repair them.  Work requires knowledge of user requirements and the locations and functions of all equipment in the system(s) and the repair procedures and specifications.

 4749 Maintenance Mechanic

Maintenance and repair of grounds, exterior structures, buildings, and related fixtures and utilities, requiring the use of a variety of trade practices associated with occupations such as carpentry, masonry, plumbing, electrical, air conditioning, cement work, painting, and other related trades.

 5210 Rigging

Selection, installation and use of cables, ropes, chains, and other weight handling gear to lift, move, and position heavy loads; and the assembly, repair, and installation of standing and running rigging used to support, secure, or operate equipment, machinery, and other items.  This work requires a knowledge of rigging practices and weight handling techniques; the ability to plan and select the appropriate gear; and the skill to assemble, repair, and install rigging on a variety of objects.

 5301 General Industrial Equipment Maintenance

This job family includes occupations involved in the general maintenance, installation, and repair of portable and stationary industrial machinery, tools, and equipment such as sewing machines, machine tools, woodworking and metalworking machines, printing equipment, processing equipment, driving machinery, power generating equipment, air conditioning equipment, heating and boiler plant equipment, and other types of machines and equipment used in the production of goods and services.

 5318 Lock and Dam Repairing

This occupation includes jobs involved in the repair of flood control or navigation lock and dam equipment and machinery and the maintenance and repair of buildings, grounds, and structures peculiar to operation of locks and dams.

 5334 Marine Machinery Mechanic

Dismantling, repairing, relocating, modifying, maintaining, aligning, and installing of a wide variety of marine machinery, equipment, and systems such as propulsion machinery, propellers, rudders, cargo handling machinery, lifeboat davits, anchor handling gear, and missile tube equipment that are located aboard submarines, ships, and other floating craft.   The work requires a practical knowledge of the mechanical, hydraulic, and pneumatic systems and components of diverse marine machinery and their attachments.  This includes detailed knowledge of the operating characteristics of the involved machinery, equipment, and systems; their functional relationships; the applicable installation and repair procedures, methods, and trade practices; and the unique environmental conditions under which work is performed aboard marine craft, for example, the lack of space between bulkheads and decks and the proximity of one type of machinery to another.

 5352 Industrial Equipment Mechanic

Dismantling, repairing, relocating, modifying, maintaining, aligning, and installing of general nonproduction industrial plant machinery, equipment, and systems such as bridge cranes, tow-veyor/conveyor and pneumatic tube systems, sandblasting machines, and other industrial plant support machinery and equipment;  service, industrial waste and flood control equipment such as compressors, pumps, and valves;  and engraving machines, aircraft test block equipment, and fire extinguishing systems.  The work requires a practical knowledge of the mechanical, hydraulic, and pneumatic systems and components of diverse industrial plant support machinery and equipment, and other equipment that control industrial waste and provide service to establishments such as industrial plants, machine tool repair shops, and hospitals.  This includes detailed knowledge of the operating characteristics of the involved systems and equipment, and of the applicable installation and repair procedures, methods, and trade practices.

 5401 General Industrial Equipment Operation

This job family includes occupations involved in the operation of portable and stationary industrial equipment, tools, and machines to generate and distribute utilities such as electricity, steam, and gas for heat or power; treat and distribute water; collect, treat, and dispose of waste; open and close bridges, locks, and dams; lift and move workers, materials, and equipment; manufacture and process materials and products, etc.

 5406 Utility Systems Operating

Operating two or more utility systems such as boiler plants, air conditioning, wastewater treatment, water treatment, and natural gas distribution systems for large buildings or small complexes, on a continuing basis.  Operators must be familiar with and have the abilities to adjust and regulate a variety of automatic or manually controlled auxiliary equipment to insure maximum operating efficiency of the systems.  This standard covers those jobs that entail operation of two or more utility systems, evaluated at the same grade level, when no single skill or knowledge of a single utility is predominant for recruitment, promotion, reduction-in-force, pay setting, and other personnel processes.

 5407 Electric Power Controlling

Controlling the generation or distribution of electric power.  The jobs are located at power generating plants, power distribution centers, and substations. This work requires the ability to anticipate load changes due to such items as work schedules and weather in order to engage or cut out power sources, to interpret wiring diagrams for a complete primary power system in order to plan routings and locate failures, and to determine the need for and, if warranted, follow emergency procedures in order to ensure safety and provide continuous electric service.  Employees know how to operate electric power generating and controlling equipment such as high voltage generators, rotary converters, transformers, motor-generators, and remotely operated switches and circuit breakers.

 5409 Water Treatment Plant Operating

Operation of water treatment facilities and plants to treat or pump water for domestic or industrial use.

 5426 Lock & Dam Operating

Primarily the operation of navigation lock and dam equipment and machinery to allow river traffic to pass from one level to another because of the differences in elevation between the bodies of water, and to maintain required pool levels.

 5701 General Transportation/Mobile Equipment Operation

Includes occupations involved in the operation and operational maintenance of self-propelled transportation and other mobile equipment (except aircraft) used to move materials or passengers, including motor vehicles, engineering and construction equipment, tractors, etc., some of which may be equipped with power takeoff and controls to operate special purpose equipment; ocean-going and inland waterway vessels, harbor craft, and floating plants; and trains, locomotives, and train cars.

 5703 Motor Vehicle Operating

Operation of gasoline, diesel, or electric powered wheeled vehicles to haul cargo and fuel, transport passengers, or to tow or recover equipment.  The vehicles are driven in restricted traffic environments on Government installations, over public roads, and highways, or under cross-country conditions.  Also included are motor vehicles which have special-purpose or auxiliary devices where a knowledge of such devices does not exceed the level of knowledge and skill required to operate the vehicle safely.

 5705 Tractor Operator

Operating wheel-mounted tractors and towed or attached equipment.  The work performed typically includes transporting materials and equipment, towing aircraft, digging, loading, planting, spraying, fertilizing, harvesting, clearing, or mowing. Examples of the towed and attached equipment include carts, sweepers, trailers, towbars, plows, brush hogs, planters, mowers, combines, spreaders, sprayers, backhoes, and front-end loading devices.

 5716 Engineering Equipment Operator

The operation of gasoline- or diesel-powered engineering and construction equipment with wheeled or crawler type traction.  Jobs covered are those involving the operation of equipment such as graders, tractors with bulldozer or angledozer blades, front-end loaders, backhoes, trench diggers, and large industrial tractors with pan or scraper attachments.  This equipment is used to perform such functions as cutting, moving, digging, grading, and rolling earth, sand, stone, and other materials, and to maintain ditches, road shoulders and beds, and firelines.

 5725 Crane Operator

The operation of cranes to lift, transport, and position materials; to dig and move earth or other materials; to drive pilings; or to destroy obsolete structures.  Cranes use attachments such as hooks, clamshell buckets, orange peel buckets, dragline buckets, magnets, pile-drivers, demolition hammers, and other special material handling devices. 

 5729 Drill Rig Operator

Moving in, setting up, operating, maintaining, and moving out heavy mobile drill rigs and associated tools and equipment which are used for geologic drilling at field locations.  The work requires knowledge of the operating characteristics of core, churn, calyx, auger, or probe type drill rigs and tools; and skill in manipulating controls to adjust to any drilling condition.

 5782 Ship Operator

This occupation includes jobs involved in operating ships, tugboats, seagoing dredges, fishing vessels, or other similar vessels, often greater than 55 meters (180 feet) in length, engaged in transporting passengers and freight, towing or assisting the maneuvering of large vessels, making hydrographic and oceanographic surveys, drilling or probing subaqueous holes, conducting fishing operations, etc.  The work includes navigating the ship, standing watch, setting and maintaining speed and course, using navigational aids and devices to compute position, and coordinating the activities of members of the crew.  The work requires knowledge of the handling and operation of large vessels offshore or in the Great Lakes and/or large vessels under tow.

 5784 Riverboat Operator

This occupation includes jobs involved in operating riverboats, towboats, with tows, self-propelled dredges and other similar craft, often larger than 55 meters (180 feet) in length engaged in transporting passengers and freight, moving non-self-propelled vessels and floating plant, making hydrographic surveys, dredging and maintaining waterways, etc.  The work includes steering the boat, standing watch, setting and maintaining speed and course, determining position using navigational aids, and coordinating activities of members of the crew.  The work requires knowledge of river currents, stages, obstructions, navigation locks and dams, and the handling and operation of large vessels or tows on rivers.

 5786 Small Craft Operator

Than watch and watch, which is characteristic of maritime industry practices.  This work requires the ability to steer and navigate the small craft, operate the engines and, in some assignments, to make operating repairs to the engines and the boat itself.

 5788 Deckhand

This occupation includes jobs that involve doing general maintenance work; repairing and painting decks, hulls, superstructure and interior spaces of vessels; operating cargo gear and deck machinery; rigging booms; handling lines during docking, moving and towing operations; mending lines and canvas; standing lookout, security and wheel watches; connecting and disconnecting hoses and pipelines; operating fishing gear; and similar work.

 5803 Heavy Mobile Equipment Mechanic

The maintenance, repair, and modification of heavy-duty vehicles and mobile equipment which have utility systems or special hydraulic, pneumatic, mechanical, electrical, or electronic systems, features, or controls designed for such purposes as construction, combat, earth moving, ship loading, firefighting, and comparable industrial or special applications.  Examples of heavy-duty equipment covered by this series include bulldozers, road graders, crawler tractors, power shovels, locomotives, combat tanks, cranes, large missile transporters, and fire trucks.  The repair of major systems (such as diesel, gasoline, multifuel, and turbine engines; automatic, standard, and cross-drive transmissions; heavy duty drive line systems; and hydraulic, electrical, and mechanical utility systems) is included, whether accomplished as part of or apart from repair of the total piece of heavy mobile equipment involved.  The work requires knowledge of how heavy-duty machinery, engines, parts, and systems work; ability to detect faulty items, determine causes of malfunction, and determine best repair methods; and skill to assemble, disassemble, repair, or modify components and systems.

 6907 Materials Handling

Receiving, storing, and assembling for issue, shipment, and distribution, a wide variety of bin and bulk supplies, materials, equipment, and commodities using mechanized, automated, and manual material moving equipment, devices, and systems.  The work requires general knowledge of the methods used in processing, handling, and storing of materials and equipment through a supply facility; the ability to log receipt, storage, and shipment data; and the ability to use manual or mechanized equipment to move, stack, bin, and position materials and equipment.  The work also requires the ability to organize, arrange, and remove stock in storage areas in accordance with established procedures to prevent damage, deterioration, and loss.  Most work requires the incidental or regular use of forklifts and motor vehicles.

 7401 General Food Preparation & Serving

This job family includes occupations involved in the preparation and serving of food.

 7404 Cooking

Preparation of regular or special diet foods and meals.  This includes cooking meats, poultry, fish, shellfish, and vegetables and making soups, gravies, sauces, desserts, and other foods.  Cooks use standardized recipes and menus and personal knowledge and experience to measure, assemble, and mix ingredients; regulate cooking temperatures; and add seasoning to foods.  They use specialized knowledge and skill to design and prepare decorated foods and aesthetic food arrangements.  This includes techniques to mold food items into various forms, carve fruits and vegetables into various shapes, and create ice sculptures.

 7408 Food Service Working

Serving food and beverages and preparing simple food.  It includes setting and waiting on tables where food service is informal; attending food counters; portioning and serving food; assembling trays for hospital patients; recording and retrieving patient diet and other food service information using a computer or manual file system; washing dishes, pots, pans, glasses, and silverware; transporting food, equipment, and supplies by manual or motorized carts; and assisting in food preparation by peeling potatoes, cutting vegetables, assembling and tossing salads, measuring and weighing ingredients, brewing coffee and tea, and mixing bulk fruit juices.  In addition, the work typically includes sweeping, washing, mopping and buffing floors, and washing walls and ceilings.

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 Portland Job Opportunities

At the Portland District Corps of Engineers, we're not just shaping the future; we're engineering it! We are in search of professionals who can harness the power of innovation and cutting-edge technology to address critical issues not just in Portland, but across the nation and around the world. Your ideas and expertise will shape projects and initiatives that have a profound impact on our communities, environment, and national security.

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 Long-term Employee Benefits
  • Retirement Benefits
    • Defined Benefit Plan
    • Social Security
    • Thrift Savings plan with govt match (similar to 401K)
    • Affordable Life Insurance (FEGLI)
    • Job Security
    • Career Growth Opportunities
    • Paid Training and Education
    • Reimbursement for professional licenses, certifications, and academic degrees.
 Personal Well-Being & Health Benefits
  • Affordable Health Benefits (FEHB)
  • Dental/Vision Insurance
  • Flexible Savings Account
  • Paid Leave to Donate Blood
  • Fitness & Health Program (up to 3 hours per week paid leave)
  • Maternity/Paternity Leave (12 weeks paid leave)
  • Long Term Care Insurance (FLTCIP)
 Professional Development

Engineer-in-Training Program - within HDC consists of structured education related to hydroelectric power design and construction across the nation, Corps of Engineers activities throughout the Northwest, and the mission of the Portland District. The program spans a 24-month time period, rotating assignments through various offices within the Portland District primarily and around the Corps. 

Leadership Development Program- Mid-career employees are afforded opportunities to attend leadership development programs, technical courses, and obtain professional certifications.

Army e-Learning – Over 3,500 FREE web-based courses in Information Technology, Business, Leadership, and Personal Development

Proponent Sponsored Engineer Corps Training (PROSPECT) - More than 200 job-related technical and professional courses. 


 Salary Information 

The Portland District Corps of Engineers follows the General Schedule (GS) pay scale for salary compensation. For specific salary rates and pay tables in Portland, you can refer to the official website provided by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM). Additionally, employees can expect annual pay increases as part of their compensation package.

 Work/Life Balance

Annual (Vacation) & Sick Leave – 13 days of sick leave per year and between 13 and 26 days of annual leave, contingent upon experience in accordance with years of federal service.

11 Paid Federal Holidays Annually

Army Childcare Fee Assistance

Student Loan Repayment

Developmental Assignments

Schedule Flexibility and Remote Work possibilities

Honorary & Monetary Awards

World-Wide Deployment Opportunities

Travel Opportunities

Compensatory Time

Overtime & Credit Hours

Possible Paid Moving Expenses